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The District is preparing for the future through a new resilience strategy

– Washington, DC is one of a number of cities developing ‘resilience strategies’ to prepare for future threats like extreme heat, economic downturn, cyberattacks, automation, carbon pollution, health disparities and violence. The Resilient DC strategy, released Monday, also includes two focus areas: equity in government and resilient rivers. (WAMU, 4/30)

In the year 2080, the sea level on the Potomac River and Anacostia River will be more than three feet higher than it is currently. There will be twice as many heat emergency days as there were in 2018 — meaning nearly the entire summer will feature days with a heat index over 95 degrees. What’s known as a “hundred-year” storm will happen every 20 years… Besides climate change, the resilience strategy contains a broad range of goals — from closing the educational achievement gap, to building more housing, to hiring hundreds more police officers and deploying them on foot, bike, Segway and scooter.

Click here to read the Resilient DC strategy.

Related Op-ed: The nation’s capital is focused on efforts to thrive in the face of climate change, inequality and technological disruption (US News, 1/3)

HOMELESSNESS | Homelessness has dropped for the third straight year in the District, led by a reduction in family homelessness. Homelessness has also decreased in Montgomery County, but risen in Fairfax County and Falls Church. (WaPo, 5/1)

EDUCATION/YOUTH | Rodney Robinson, this year’s National Teacher of the Year, has been teaching for 19 years, including at a juvenile detention center in Richmond, and says his “kids are in survival mode”. (NPR, 4/30)

MARYLAND | Del. Adrienne Jones becomes first African American, first woman to serve as Maryland House speaker (WaPo, 5/1)

VIRGINIA | Fairfax moves toward more affordable housing, pay raises with new budget (WaPo, 4/30)

RACISM | A brief history of the enduring phony science that perpetuates white supremacy (WaPo, 4/30)

ART 4,026 Straws Were Collected In One River Cleanup. Now, They’re Art! (WAMU, 4/29)

TRANSIT | Neglecting the region’s bus system may hurt the local economy. (WTOP, 4/29)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Director of Communications, Technology, and Administration | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers – New!
Director of Corporate and Foundation Advancement | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers – New!
Grants Compliance Manager | Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter – New!
Engagement Officer | Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute – New!
Grants and Communications Associate | Neighborhood Health
Senior Manager of Member Engagement and Partnerships | United Philanthropy Forum
Director of Development​ | ​Washington Tennis & Education Foundation
Director of Operations​ | ​Washington Tennis & Education Foundation
Director, Flamboyan Arts Fund​ | ​Flamboyan Foundation
Membership Director​ | ​Council on Foundations
Development Director​ | ​Council on Foundations
Communications Director​ |​ Council on Foundations
Learning Engagement Manager​ | ​ Council on Foundations
Program Coordinator | TGR Foundation – A Tiger Woods Charity
Individual Giving Manager | Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
Senior Program Officer | Potomac Health Foundation

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This is fun – how to find edible plants and mushrooms in urban places

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Upcoming Kirwan Commission recommendations to address educational inequality in Maryland

– Hundreds of millions of dollars in education funding may soon bolster Maryland schools if lawmakers can agree on how to divide the money. The Kirwan Commission, or the State’s Commission on Educational Excellence, will soon present its final recommendations for the new school funding model to lawmakers in Annapolis. (WAMU, 2/25)

In 2016, Governor Hogan called for the formation of the 25-member Kirwan Commission to address the gap in funding for public schools. This comes at a time when one study said Maryland is the 15th worst state in terms of regressive education funding … “meaning that districts with high proportions of low-income students receive less funding than schools serving wealthier communities” said William Kirwan, chair of the commission.


– With the release of a new report on equity in Prince George’s County solutions have been proposed to move the county toward equity and equality for communities of color. (Prince Georges Sentinel, 2/20)

Confederate flag incident at Virginia high school sparks concern of racist behavior (WaPo, 2/24)

– Virginia state superintendent says schools must address racism in light of recent scandals. (WTOP, 2/25)

–  Swastikas have been found at three sites in past week in Virginia, in what appears to be three separate hate crime incidents. (WaPo, 2/26)

– The Virginia General Assembly recently passed hundreds of bills, including one that gives residents an extra two weeks to pay rent that is past due and one focused on eviction reform. (WAMU, 2/22)

 – There’s No Such Thing as a Dangerous Neighborhood (CityLab, 2/25)

GUN VIOLENCE | Maryland lawmakers heard from family members affected by gun violence as well as gun-rights supporters in Annapolis on ‘gun day’ in Annapolis. (WTOP, 2/25)

BUSINESS | The proposal to raise the minimum wage in Maryland to $15 has different opinions among the business community. (WAMU,  2/22)

– “Donors InVesting in the Arts,” or “DIVAs,” is a giving circle managed by the Greater Washington Community Foundation that is promoting civic engagement through the arts. (GWCF, 2/21)

– Funder support for media research has been growing as evidenced by the Knight Foundation’s recent commitment of $300 million to support local journalism. (Chronicle, 2/19 – Subscription)

“Plant-based” is so the new vegan.

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– Buffy

The District failed to spend allotted federal funds on lead paint hazards

HOUSING/HEALTH | Until four months ago, the District had a program called Lead Safe Washington operated out of DC’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), that would help low-income tenants remediate lead-based paint hazards in older rental properties. The program has been restructured after repeatedly failing to utilize allotted federal funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. (CP, 2/21)

Anne Cunningham, senior attorney at the Children’s Law Center says  “the loss of this grant [funding] is emblematic of the broader problem about how we approach lead in DC.” …She estimates that between previously awarded funds that went unspent and losing out on future grant money, DC has lost or forfeited about $7.6 million that it could have used to remediate lead hazards in older housing units.  “We just clearly did not use this resource that could have been so useful.”

CENSUS | Democrats and Republicans agree that adding a citizen question will render the 2020 Census inaccurate. (CityLab, 2/22)

-Emmett Till’s Murder, and How America Remembers Its Darkest Moments (NY Times, 2/20) As WRAG has focused on racial equity over the past several years, we have tried to highlight the importance of understanding and acknowledging the history of racism in America. Participants on WRAG and LGW’s 2019 Civil Rights Learning Journey will visit several of the sites featured in this New York Times piece. To learn more about this trip, click here.

– Students from Hightstown High School in New Jersey drafted a bill calling for the release of civil rights cold-case files. (WaPo, 2/23)

WORKFORCE | Amazon hopes to hire most of HQ2 locally (WBJ, 2/22)

ENVIRONMENT | A technique called “greening” is being used in DC to keep raw sewage out of Rock Creek. (WAMU, 2/22)

– The Greater Washington region needs better transportation among the suburbs, and here’s why. (GGW, 2/21)

– Metro’s deja vu debate over late hours keeps happening because people keep forgetting (WaPo, 2/24)

EDUCATION | Overworked Teachers And Budget Transparency Addressed In New DCPS Budget Proposal (WAMU, 2/21)

NONPROFITS/PHILANTHROPY | GrantAdvisor, a Yelp-like site that rates the nation’s charitable foundations, encourages dialogue between nonprofits and foundations. (NPQ, 2/22)

Did you stay up until midnight to watch the Oscars? If you missed it, here’s the full list of winners

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South Arlington residents worry about Amazon’s impact

BUSINESS | Many in Virginia are excited to be the location of Amazon’s second headquarters, but some residents in South Arlington, a multi-ethnic area south of U.S. Route 50, are worried that it will cause rising rents and displacement. (Curbed, 12/13)

…some urban policy experts say South Arlington may see adverse effects from HQ2, such as an increase in income inequality and gentrification.

“You’d expect the biggest impacts of Amazon to be in easy commuting distance, and South Arlington is a prime target for that,” says Jenny Schuetz, a fellow in the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program. “A lot of these neighborhoods are likely to be pretty vulnerable because they have a lot of older apartment buildings, garden apartments, and older single-family houses that aren’t in great shape.”

PHILANTHROPY | Joi Ridley, director of communications at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, discusses how grantmakers can evaluate their capacity-building support to make it fit the needs of its grantee partners. (CEP, 12/13)

HIV/AIDS | Here’s a look at why HIV/AIDS funding is declining globally and across the US. (Inside Philanthropy, 12/12)

– These grandmothers created the Overground Railroad, a caravan of activists grandmothers that travel to meet asylum seekers once they are released from detention to give them food and other comfort. (YES! Magazine, 12/17)

– LGBTQ caravan migrants may have to ‘prove’ their gender or sexual identity at US border (The Conversation, 11/30)

ENVIRONMENT | Until We Confront Capitalism, We Will Not Solve the Climate Crisis (Truthout, 12/16)

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– Kendra

How DC is interrupting violence in neighborhoods without police reliance

– Here’s the story of one of DC’s Violence Interrupters, a position created to be an alternative to policing. This person’s job is to try to de-escalate neighborhood disputes before someone is seriously hurt, especially after a shooting. (WaPo, 12/14)

Similar initiatives have been started in Baltimore, Chicago and some other cities. The hope is fellow residents, those who understand what it is like to live in a violent neighborhood, can convince others to join a jobs program, stay in school, stop selling drugs. Lower a gun.

The impact is hard to measure — a dispute quieted, anger channeled elsewhere, retaliation that is never carried out. But city leaders hope small success stories eventually will show up in the broader violent crime numbers, which for now are trending the wrong way.

Death sentences and executions continue falling across Virginia and U.S. (Richmond Times, 12/14)

BUSINESS | Anna Powell Bard, senior vice president of community affairs for Maryland, Virginia and DC at Wells Fargo, is profiled in Riveting Women’s latest blog post. (Riveting Women, 12/12)

YOUTH | Eric Braxton, executive director of the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing, discusses why funders should be invested in youth leadership development. (PND Blog, 12/13)

ENVIRONMENT | 3 things the federal farm bill funds besides farming: Chesapeake Bay cleanup, food stamps and renewable energy (Baltimore Sun, 12/13)

TRANSIT | Metro’s board has voted to charge riders peak fares for special events and to hold a public hearing on expanding rush-hour service hours. (WaPo, 12/13)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Vice President of Programs | Gill Foundation– New!
Administrative Associate | United Philanthropy Forum
Director of Administration | Public Welfare Foundation
Process Systems Expert | Client of SHG Advisors
Programs Manager | DC127
Development Manager | DC127
Director of Development (East Coast) | Rocketship Public Schools
Director of Development | ECHO
Executive Director | The Volgenau Foundation
Gifts and Grants Administrator | Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
Manager of Communications & Events | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
Director of “Count the Region” | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
President | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Receptionist/Administrative Assistant | Exponent Philanthropy
OST Community Impact Program Manager | United Way of the National Capital Area
Development Coordinator | National Building Museum
Grants Program Manager | Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County
Special Grants Coordinator/Program Analyst I | Legal Services Corporation
Program Associate for Strategy, Equity, and Research | Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation

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Community Calendar

To add an event to WRAG’s community calendar, email Rebekah Seder. Click here to view the community calendar.

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Providence Hospital is set to shut down some of its services on Friday

HEALTHCARE | On Friday, DC’s Providence Hospital will shutdown its acute-care services. Although the hospital recently announced it will keep its emergency room open until April 2019, many residents, advocates and nurses still worry about the impact on the neighborhood and communities east of the river. (WAMU, 12/11)

At a rally Tuesday outside of the hospital, nurses said that residents east of the Anacostia River still need a “fully-functional hospital.”

Healthcare advocates say residents living in the eastern part of the District already have limited options for care; several hospitals are clustered on the western side of D.C.

“We are not satisfied with what Ascension is doing here. They are offering a small and I think dangerous hospital, potentially,” said Stephen Frum, a labor representative with National Nurses United, the union which represents nurses at Providence.

BUSINESS | ACT for Alexandria, the Arlington Community Foundation, the Community Foundation for Loudoun & Northern Fauquier Counties, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, and the Greater Washington Community Foundation sent a letter to welcome Amazon to Northern Virginia. Read it here (CFNova, 12/15)

How the Neighborhood Funder Group is Disrupting Funder-Grantee Dynamics (Surdna Foundation, 12/5)

– Vu Le, Nonprofit AF blogger, warns progressive funders that they can learn from conservative funders and lists a few of their strengths. (NAF, 12/10)

INCOME | A new idea to address income inequality in the US is becoming popular – having the government provide a job with good wages for everyone who isn’t employed. (Citylab, 12/10)

FOOD | New Program Offers Southeast D.C. Families Discounted Rides To Grocery Stores (WAMU, 12/11)

EDUCATION | Arlington County, Alexandria and DC are all creating a more inclusive school environment for students who identify as nonbinary or transgender. (DCist, 12/10)

ENVIRONMENT | D.C. backs away from special water rate relief for churches (WaPo, 12/11)

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